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Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara
2018.06.10 Alessia Cara at the Capital Pride Concert with a Sony A7III, Washington, DC USA 03645 (28861751308).jpg
Cara in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAlessia Caracciolo
Born (1996-07-11) July 11, 1996 (age 22)[1]
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
OriginBrampton, Ontario, Canada
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • instrumentalist
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • ukulele
  • piano
Years active2014–present

Alessia Caracciolo (Italian: [aˈlɛssja kaˈrattʃolo]; born July 11, 1996), known professionally as Alessia Cara (/əˈlɛsiə ˈkɑːrə/[3]), is a Canadian singer and songwriter.[4][5] After producing acoustic covers, she signed with EP Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings in 2014 and released her debut single the following year. "Here" reached number 19 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and was a sleeper hit in the United States, peaking at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[6][7]

Cara's debut studio album, Know-It-All, reached number 8 on the Canadian Albums Chart and number 9 on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. The album's third single, "Scars to Your Beautiful", reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2016. In 2017, Cara collaborated with DJ and producer Zedd to create the single "Stay", and with rapper Logic to feature in his song "1-800-273-8255". Cara has received nominations for four Grammy Awards, including a win for Best New Artist in 2018.[8]

Cara's second studio album, The Pains of Growing, will be released on November 30. Four singles have been released to promote the album: "Growing Pains," "A Little More," "Trust My Lonely," and "Not Today."

Early life and education

Alessia Caracciolo hails from Brampton, Ontario, where she attended Cardinal Ambrozic Catholic Secondary School.[9] Her family is from Calabria. Her father was born in Canada to Italian parents and her mother is an Italian immigrant.[4][10] She can speak Italian.[11] As a child, she wrote poetry and did theatre.[12] She began playing guitar at the age of 10 and taught herself how to play various songs.[12] At the age of 13, she began her own YouTube channel where she posted covers of songs that she performed.[12]


In 2014, she signed a management deal with EP Entertainment.[13][14][15]

In April 2015, Cara released her official debut single through Def Jam.[16] Titled "Here", it was described by MTV as "a song for everyone who secretly hates parties."[14] Produced by Pop & Oak and Sebastian Kole, the song is her personal experience with going to a party and being super uncomfortable at it.[6] On May 5, 2015, the song was chosen as the "can't-miss" track by Spin,[5] as well as being listed as a "must hear song" by Cosmopolitan.[17] The song was also named one of the best Canadian songs of April by Complex[18] and included on Billboard's "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist" in June 2015.[19] Rolling Stone later ranked "Here" at number 21 on its year-end list of the 50 best songs of 2015.[20]

Promotional photograph of Cara from 2015

On July 29, 2015, Cara made her television debut on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.[21] "Here" then received a nomination for "Original Song" at the Streamy Awards.[22] She released the EP Four Pink Walls, containing five songs, including her debut single.

Her debut album, Know-It-All, was released on November 13, 2015.[23][24]

She was short-listed for the BBC Music Sound of... award for 2016 and finished as the runner-up.[25]

Cara was awarded as Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the 2016 Juno Awards.[26]

On March 7, 2016, Cara released a music video for "Wild Things."[27]

In April 2016, Cara was announced to be one of the supporting acts of British alternative rock band Coldplay in the European and North American legs of their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, alongside British singer songwriter and Grammy winner Foxes.[28]

On June 23, 2016, Cara was featured in a re-released version of the song "Wild" by Troye Sivan. The music video was released on July 22, 2016.[29]

She played Glastonbury Festival on June 24, 2016, in the John Peel tent.

The music video for Cara's single "How Far I'll Go", from the Disney film Moana, was released on November 3, 2016, and since then has received over 200 million views on YouTube.[30] The song was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, produced by Oak Felder, and the video was directed by Aya Tanimura.[31]

On December 15, 2016, Cara released a music video for "Seventeen."[32]

Cara performed as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live as on February 4, 2017.[33]

On April 18, 2017, the music video of the song "Stay" by Zedd featuring Cara was released.

Cara featured on the song "1-800-273-8255" from Logic's Everybody album. The song was released as a single on April 28, 2017 and also features American singer-songwriter Khalid. Cara also made an appearance in the video, which was released on August 17, 2017.[34]

Cara performing in Sydney, Australia in 2018.

On January 28, 2018, Cara was named the Best New Artist at the 2018 Grammy Awards, making her the first Canadian artist to win this award.[35]

On June 1, 2018, Cara released a teaser video following a week of cryptic Twitter posts.[36] On June 9, she posted lyrics to a new song on her social media accounts for fans to piece together. Once completed, she announced the single's cover and name on June 11.[37] The single, entitled "Growing Pains", was released on June 15, 2018.[38] Its music video was released on June 20, 2018,[39] and was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 2018 MTV VMAS.

On July 10, 2018, Cara announced that she would be releasing a song she made in her basement, written and produced by her, the next day, as a small gift for her birthday. The single, titled "A Little More", was released on July 11, 2018, with the music video also released the same day.[40][41][42][43]

On September 29, 2018, the Canadian Football League announced that Cara would be the halftime performer at the 106th Grey Cup.[44]

On October 5, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled "Trust My Lonely". A music video for the song was released the same day.[45][46]

On November 8, 2018, a music video for the song "Babies" by Kyle featuring Cara was released.[47]

On November 13, 2018, Cara released another song, entitled "Not Today."[48] The release date coincides with the three-year anniversary of the release of her debut album.

Cara's second studio album, The Pains of Growing, will be released on November 30, 2018.[49]


Cara is an R&B[50] and alternative R&B[51] singer. She also creates music in the pop, soul, and indie pop genres.[52][53]

Her influences include Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Pink, Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas,[54] Drake and Ed Sheeran.[55]

Personal life

Since 2016 she's been dating singer-songwriter Kevin Garrett.[56] However, according to a recent article, some of the writing from her upcoming album comes "from the collapse of a two-year relationship."[57] It is unknown whether or not this is referencing a breakup with Garrett.



Awards and nominations


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  13. ^ "Drake Co-Signed Singer Alessia Cara on Her Rising Fame: 'It's the Coolest Fluke Ever'". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-10-02.
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  15. ^ Carvell, Josh (5 May 2015). "Fresher Sounds". The National Student. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
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  18. ^ Zorgel, Aaron (30 April 2015). "Northern Touch: The Best Canadian Songs of April". Complex. Retrieved 12 May 2015.
  19. ^ Lipshutz, Jason (June 11, 2015). "20 Pop Songs You Need For Your Summer Playlist". Billboard.
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  21. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (July 30, 2015). "Alessia Cara Makes TV Debut Playing 'Here' With the Roots on 'Fallon". Spin. SpinMedia. Retrieved August 19, 2015.
  22. ^ "5th Annual Nominees". Streamy Awards. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
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  26. ^ "Nominees | The JUNO Awards". The JUNO Awards. Retrieved 2016-03-08.
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  30. ^ Brittany Spanos, "Watch Alessia Cara's Gorgeous, Beach-Set 'How Far I'll Go' Video," Rolling Stone, November 3, 2016.
  31. ^ Ashley Lee, "'Moana': Alessia Cara Sings Lin-Manuel Miranda's Anthem 'How Far I'll Go' in New Music Video", Billboard, November 3, 2016.
  32. ^ "Alessia Cara Grows Up in New 'Seventeen' Video: Watch". December 15, 2016. Archived from the original on December 16, 2016.
  33. ^ Tarnoff, Brooke. "Watch How Far Alessia Cara Did Go on 'Saturday Night Live'". Billboard. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
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  39. ^ "Alessia Cara Drops Dystopian 'Growing Pains' Music Video: Watch". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-06-23.
  40. ^ Thompson, Rita (July 10, 2018). "Alessia Cara Announces New Song 'A Little More,' to Be Released on Her Birthday". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
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  46. ^ Glicksman, Josh (October 8, 2018). "Alessia Cara Drops Colorful Video for 'Trust My Lonely': Watch". Billboard. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
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  48. ^ AlessiaCaraVEVO (2018-11-13), Alessia Cara - Not Today (Lyric Video), retrieved 2018-11-14
  49. ^ Arcand, Rob (October 26, 2018). "Alessia Cara Unveils The Pains of Growing Album Art, Tracklist". Spin. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
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  51. ^ Zorgel, Aaron (June 11, 2015). Bestival Cheat Sheet: Hometown Heroes. Complex. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  52. ^ Miceli, Brien (October 6, 2015). 10 New Indie Pop Artists You Should Know. Odyssey. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  53. ^ Adams, Gregory (October 27, 2015). Alessia Cara "Wild Things" - Exclaim!. Exclaim. Retrieved 28 January 2018.
  54. ^ Tardio, Andres (27 September 2016). Alessia Cara's Empowering Journey: Lessons from Coldplay, Lauryn Hill, & Life. Rap-Up. Retrieved 8 January 2017.
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